When Steve Cohen took over as the owner of the New York Mets, things have been different in Flushing. The team spends the extra millions needed to give themselves the most credible roster possible. It has brought even the mildest of Mets fans on board for what should be a lengthy golden period in the franchise’s history.
Not every transaction the team has made turned out well. If that were the case, we would have a championship by now.
The Mets haven’t been especially active in big trades. However, a couple of them haven’t gone so well already.
3) NY Mets worst trade since Steve Cohen took over: Tyler Naquin from the Reds
The Tyler Naquin trade won’t go down in history as one of the worst in Mets history. Not in the least. Even if the two players they did give up for him and Phillip Diehl become major leaguers, it’s hard to imagine this one becoming as notorious as some other trades in the team’s history.
What makes the Naquin deal so bad is that he didn’t produce in his limited time with the club. Naquin slashed .203/.246/.390 for the team in 130 plate appearances. Half of his home runs came in one early August game went he knocked two out of the park against the Atlanta Braves.
More damning is the fact that Naquin didn’t even make the postseason roster for the Mets. The team didn’t have a desperate need for him given the construction of the rest of the roster. They needed a right-handed bat over the left-handed one he brought. It’s why the team ultimately kept a pair of righty DH options over him.
The Naquin trade will be mostly forgotten—until one of the minor leaguers debuts for the Cincinnati Reds and we’re reminded of it constantly.